HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) — A late night fatal crash shut down a portion of I-275 in both directions for hours after a semi-truck smashed into a passenger van, causing the van to burst into flames. As of 6 a.m., both northbound and southbound lanes re-opened and the scene is clear.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 11:50 p.m. Monday. The van was stopped in the center lane of southbound I-275 near mile marker 57, north of Bearss Ave. It is unknown why the vehicle was stalled with its lights off.
A tractor trailer truck traveling in the center lane of southbound I-275 collided with the van, promptly causing a fire and sending debris all over the roadway. The driver of the truck did not see the van, troopers said.
At least one person in the van was killed, said FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins. The person has not been named.
The truck driver, Harry Hobbs of Tennessee, was not injured, Gaskins said.
I-275 was closed for over six hours for an investigation.